Great Disasters and Horrors in the World's History

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(4.2 stars; 3 reviews)

"Mankind is constantly astonished by reports of mishaps and disasters of manifold character, when there is seldom room for astonishment. A large proportion of the calamities reported from day to day are directly due to the haste, greed, and heedlessness of man himself, and need no comment.

But there is a large class of disasters, due solely to meteorological or geological conditions, which surpass all others in magnitude and appalling destruction. In such cases men insist on prating about “mysterious visitations,” as though these occurrences were subject to the dominion of no law. To an examination of such is this book devoted." From the preface. (15 hr 27 min)


Preface 3:15 Read by Mike Pelton
Myths of the Winds 17:00 Read by Mike Pelton
Constant Winds 15:21 Read by Allen Kelly
Periodic Winds 24:53 Read by Lynne T
Tornadoes and Cyclones 31:23 Read by Mike Pelton
The Louisville Tornado 27:56 Read by MaryAnn
Incidents of the Tornado 37:51 Read by nancyhollo
Other Tornadoes 32:51 Read by MaryAnn
Tropical Cyclones 29:50 Read by Warren Kati
Perils of the Sea 26:31 Read by VivianWeaver
Life-Saving Measures 20:27 Read by mbm0rxi
Great Samoan Hurricane 39:16 Read by Lynne T
Electric Storms 42:05 Read by MaryAnn
Rain, Hail and Snow 27:56 Read by Mike Pelton
Floods in the South 47:33 Read by Mike Pelton
The Flood of 1890 36:27 Read by MaryAnn
The Johnstown Flood 26:12 Read by MaryAnn
Incidents at Johnstown 33:40 Read by MaryAnn
Relief Measures 26:04 Read by MaryAnn
Famine and Pestilence 19:15 Read by Kalynda
The Volcano 48:16 Read by Lynne T
Great Eruptions of Vesuvius 38:16 Read by Pamela Nagami
Other Great Eruptions Part 1 29:02 Read by mbm0rxi
Other Great Eruptions Part 2 38:19 Read by Warren Kati
Earthquakes 28:11 Read by Coven
European Earthquakes 45:21 Read by THBosc
Earthquakes in The United States and England 38:37 Read by MaryAnn
Earthquakes in Tropical America 42:27 Read by TriciaG
Prediction and Prevention 23:15 Read by Kathleen Moore
The Reign of Law 30:20 Read by Mike Pelton


Very educational book regarding disasters.

(5 stars)